Military News for Oct. 24

October 24, 2004


Airman 1st Class Howard C. Jennings and Airman 1st Class Jeffrey S. Thompson have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.


Jennings is the son of Tisha Bristow of Perryville, and a 2003 graduate of Boyle County High School.

Thompson is the son of Connie Thompson of Stanford. He is a 2000 graduate of Lincoln County High School.


Lance Cpl. C. A. Roberts, son of Virginia J. Huddleston of Somerset and Anthony D. Roberts of Windsor, and the Marines and Sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) recently captured four suspected anti-Iraqi militants in Northern Babil province.

Roberts' unit also provided assistance from the MEU's Force Reconnaissance platoon to Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics members as well as Iraqi national guardsmen, to help capture a former Baath Party leader and apprehend two men suspected of firing on Marines.

Since assuming operational control of Northern Babil on July 29, Roberts' unit has worked closely with ISF to disrupt criminal and other anti-Iraqi activity in the area. To date, they have captured more than 160 individuals throughout the province. Their mission is to assist Iraqi authorities in fostering security and stability for the nearly 900, 000 citizens of the province.

MEU's are a Marine Air Ground Task Force that has a strength of about 2,200 personnel. Roberts is a 2001 graduate of Russell County High School and joined the Marine Corps in September 2002.

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